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  • When all the women sing together, as they do whenever intoning the sect's mantra, "Keep Sweet, Keep Sweet," he likens the effect to a "Rhinemaiden convention" or to The Ronettes, "only with more vibrato."

    All in a Day's Work, Polygamy Included

  • The Baladiyat neighborhood where the five Americans were killed is a predominantly Shiite district near Sadr City, a Shiite slum that was the heart of Muslim sect's opposition to U.S. forces in Iraq.

    Five U.S. Troops Killed in Iraq

  • The fallout from the raid and subsequent government assault on the sect's compound led to years of recriminations and investigations of the ATF.

    Head of ATF Is Likely to Go

  • *** Middle East Two car bombs struck Shiite pilgrims in an Iraqi holy city, killing at least 18 people as crowds massed for religious rituals marking the end of a 40-day mourning period for the Islamic sect's most beloved saint.

    World Watch

  • Hundreds of thousands of pilgrims are expected to gather in Karbala Monday night to mark the end of Arbaeen, a 40-day mourning period to observe the 7th century death of the Imam Hussein, one of the Shiite sect's most revered figures.

    New attack on Shiite pilgrims kills 6 in Iraq

  • The Westboro church, which has no connection to national Baptist organizations, believes that any misfortune America suffers is divine punishment for the nation's failure to follow the sect's doctrine, which condemns gays, Catholics, Jews and others.

    First Amendment Protects 'Hurtful' Speech, Court Says

  • Both of the sect's victims were shot more than a dozen times.

    U.S. brands Greek group a terrorist organization

  • She's seen crumbling Shaker journals that list the sect's secret herbal remedies, and she realizes that if the Shakers lived off the land, the same thing is possible for herself and her classmates.

    Joyce Hinnefeld's "Stranger Here Below," reviewed by Carolyn See

  • The FLDS purchased the 1,700-acre Yearning for Zion ranch in 2003 after Arizona started investigating corruption, welfare fraud and sexual abuse at another compound on the Arizona-Utah border, prompting some of the sect's leaders to move to Texas.

    Polygamist Leader Fires Lawyers, Takes on Own Case

  • But one expert said divisions dating back to the death of the sect's founder have resulted in small pockets of people who claim to be followers but have little understanding of the faith.

    Bogus court filings spotlight little-known sect

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